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Lewis Grabban

Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban scored his 15th goal of the season as the Cherries made it three wins from three games with victory at Blackburn.

It is a third straight defeat for Rovers, who are now 10th, nine points away from the Championship play-offs.

Grabban, 26, scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half with a low drive from 25 yards.

Bournemouth's Steve Cook headed against the post in the first half from an Ian Harte corner.

Bournemouth were well on top in the opening period, with Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson tested by efforts from Grabban, Matt Ritchie and Simon Francis.

The home supporters at Ewood Park, already frustrated by their first loss in 35 years against rivals Burnley on Sunday, were vocal in their disappointment at Blackburn's limp second-half showing.

Jordan Rhodes saw a header loop over Bournemouth goalkeeper Lee Camp's goal, but otherwise there was precious little attacking threat from Gary Bowyer's side.

Bournemouth's win lifts Eddie Howe's side up to 12th in the Championship, a point behind Blackburn.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"We've got 12 games left to play and until it's mathematically impossible, you keep striving to get as high as you can and hopefully into the play-offs.

"It's important now that we regroup, we stay calm and we stick together. We've worked hard to get stability into this club.

"These last three games - we've got to make sure we stop that, obviously - but there's no need to panic or anything daft like that."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"I think we've played better than that - at times in the first half we gave the ball away under little pressure.

"I felt we were close to totally dominating the game in the first half without ever having the cutting edge that we needed and turning our dominance into goals.

"But we're still building, there's still more to come from this team and I think that's our next challenge."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Robinson
  • 2Kane
  • 3Spurr
  • 6Lowe
  • 5HanleySubstituted forWilliamsonat 75'minutes
  • 16Keane
  • 32Conway
  • 29Evans
  • 11Rhodes
  • 39GestedeSubstituted forDunnat 62'minutes
  • 15VarneySubstituted forFeeneyat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Dunn
  • 13Eastwood
  • 17Williamson
  • 19Taylor
  • 22Feeney
  • 23Dabo
  • 27Henley

Bournemouth

  • 42Camp
  • 2Francis
  • 14Harte
  • 32O'Kane
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 30RitchieBooked at 45minsSubstituted forCoulibalyat 82'minutes
  • 4Surman
  • 9Grabban
  • 8ArterSubstituted forMacDonaldat 86'minutes
  • 20FraserSubstituted forPughat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 7Pugh
  • 10Pitman
  • 15A Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 21Coulibaly
  • 28Rantie
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
13,081

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home12
Away6
Fouls
Home5
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Bournemouth 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Bournemouth 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

  4. Post update

    Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Michael Keane (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Steve Cook.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Thomas Spurr with a cross following a set piece situation.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ian Harte (Bournemouth).

  9. Post update

    Liam Feeney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Shaun MacDonald replaces Harry Arter because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  12. Post update

    Delay in match Harry Arter (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Mohamed Coulibaly replaces Matt Ritchie.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ian Harte.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Michael Keane (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Marc Pugh.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Steve Cook.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Lee Camp.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester34245565323377
2Burnley351913357302770
3Derby35188960431762
4QPR34179840281260
5Nottm Forest351414755411456
6Reading3515101056411555
7Wigan331671042301255
8Brighton34141193728953
9Ipswich351312104539651
10Blackburn341210123942-346
11Watford341112114941845
12Bournemouth34129134451-745
13Middlesbrough351014114438644
14Huddersfield35128154546-144
15Leeds34128144749-244
16Bolton35913134650-440
17Sheff Wed34912133941-239
18Blackpool35911153049-1938
19Birmingham35910164247-537
20Doncaster3599173254-2236
21Millwall35710183262-3031
22Yeovil3478193049-1929
23Barnsley34611173159-2829
24Charlton31610152441-1728
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